MGM decided to push back the release date of the untitled “Bond 25” movie. The film’s release was delayed almost two months, from February 14, 2020 to April 8, 2020. The new date is on a Wednesday, giving Bond some extra room during the Easter weekend to attract moviegoers.
This is actually the second time that MGM has pushed back the film, which was first announced back in 2017. The original release date was November 8, 2019, which was more aligned to the fall releases that a Bond film normally offers. The original delay was due to Danny Boyle leaving the project, and Cary Joji Fukunaga stepping in as director.
The two stars of the film are Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux. They will be joined by Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw, stars of the 2015 hit “Spectre.” That installment was directed by Ben Mendes, who directed two of the three highest-grossing Bond films in the franchise; “Skyfall” and “Spectre.”
“Skyfall” made $88M on its opening weekend, and over $1.1B worldwide. “Spectre” is a close second, having made $70M on its opening weekend before grossing $880.6M worldwide. Marc Forster’s “Quantum of Solace” sits in third-place with a $67M opening, and a worldwide gross of $586M.
While the delay is bad news for Bond fans, we should mention that the project hasn’t even started filming yet. The production is scheduled to begin in March, and the film will most likely be Craig’s last in the role.
The new release date gives the new Bond film a nice bumper from Disney‘s live-action “Mulan,” which is opening in theaters at the end of March, and from the untitled DC project that Warner Bros. Pictures has staked out at the beginning of the month. There’s also an untitled Marvel movie coming out at the beginning of May, so Bond will have to hit the box office hard and make a break for it before the box office gets too stuffed. All of these dates could change over the coming months. April 2020 is still a long way off, and Bond has already been pushed back twice.